An Integrated Project Funded by the European Commission under the Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems Thematic Priority Area.
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Contract Number: 018320
Project Cordinator: Dr. Theo van den Hoven KIWA Water Research
Project Duration: 1st January 2006 to 31st December 2010

Regional Technology Platforms

New communication technologies provide an enormous potential for dissemination of knowledge and results. However, face-to-face contacts have proven to be important as well for effective dissemination and consultation. Therefore Regional Technology Platforms (RTP’s) will be organised throughout Europe. The RTP’s are the main vehicle for dissemination and consultation activities in TECHNEAU. They function as a ‘hub’ for communication, consultation of stakeholders, dissemination, training activities and consortium meetings. RTP’s are organised 2 times per year throughout Europe and will make use of existing networks and local partners, represented in the TECHNEAU consortium:

  •  North Western region, e.g. the Baltic Sea Network
  • Southern Mediterranean region, e.g. networks working on desalination technologies
  • Eastern and Central European region

At the start of the project Regional Technology Platforms focused on consultation of stakeholders for additional input to the project and to create support among stakeholders. The current and future RTP’s focus on dissemination of TECHNEAU results.


To cope with present and future demands and threats regarding water supply in industrialised and developing countries it is important to analyse the water situation in different regions of the world and to rethink the current water supply situation.


The 7th RTP took place in Istanbul, Turkey on March 17, 2009 as a side-event of the 5th World Water Forum and focussed on "Novel Approaches from European Water Research on Water Supply and Sanitation".


The 6th RTP was held in Berlin, Germany. 'TECHNEAU meets Berlin' was the title of this event linked to the 'Wasserwerkstatt' series of the Berliner Wasserbetriebe who hosted this event on 28 January 2009. More information


The 5th RTP took place in Barcelona, Spain on 15 December 2008. The conference highlighted the situation in water stress regions in Southern Europe and discussed the challenges for the drinking water sector arising from climate change and increasing water scarcity. More information


The 4th RTP was held in Tabor, Czech Republic , 5-6 June 2008 together with a workshop on small scale systems and decentralised water supply. More information


The 3rd RTP was held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 29 November 2007 and was hosted by WRC -Water Research Commission of South Africa and Chris Swartz Water Utilization Engineers focussing on "Technology for Safe Drinking Water in Southern Africa". More information.


The 2nd RTP held in Lisbon on 5 June 2007 focussing on the present water situation on the Iberian Peninsula and upcoming challenges and R&D needs experienced great interest from the local water sector. For more information on the Lisbon RTP please follow this link.


The 1st RTP was held in Riga, Latvia on 5 October 2006. For more information please see the conference summary.